Thurston Moore

After leaving the band that made him famous, Sonic Youth wunderkind Thurston Moore is forging ahead with his solo career.

He’s been releasing albums under his own name since 1995’s Psychic Hearts, and formed a side band, Chelsea Light Moving, with Keith Wood of Hush Arbors. Whatever the project, he’s always tended in his other work to explore avenues that diverge from the Sonic Youth sound, which by now is well-known and often emulated — though there is of course stylistic crossover. Now that he’s free to pursue whatever path he chooses, Moore has recorded and is set to release Rock n Roll Consciousness on April 28. The Thurston Moore Group is currently touring in support of the new album.

This tour will bring him to the Chapel on Friday, May 12. This show will be an excellent chance to hear Moore’s new work and witness his experimental virtuosity in a relatively intimate venue. The Thurston Moore Group is billed as the headliner, while the opener will be...Thurston Moore. Apparently, this will be an evening of unadulterated Thurston.

Two of his new songs are now up online. “Smoke of Dreams” is a sinuous and restrained track that shades at the edges into the urban anxiety of Moore’s New York. The music video depicts charcoal cityscapes shot through with bursts of psychedelia and abstract designs, recalling Sonic Youth’s embrace of ‘art rock’. He’s also put out a non-album track, “Cease Fire”, which has more of a muscular drive. Both songs are very solid and display the kind of excellence we’ve come to expect from music’s best-known noise rocker.

Listen to the two new tracks, look out for Rock n Roll Consciousness, and make sure to get tickets for the May 12 show at the Chapel for a double dose of boundary-pushing noise rock.

The Thurston Moore Group, Thurston Moore
The Chapel
May 12, 2017
8pm, $20

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